Friday, June 23, 2017

Mermaid-Inspired Makeup

For those of you who are completely over the whole unicorn and mermaid trend currently sweeping the globe, from food to beauty, you might want to stop reading here. Unicorn and mermaid lovers, you can rejoice, because today I'm talking mermaid beauty here on Vancouver Vogue!

AnaV Beauty has just release their InstaFamous collection, complete with Insta-worthy mermaid-tailed makeup brushes, a Sugar Daddy Eyeshadow Palette, a Gold Digger Strobing Palette, and even some fur slides (which will be featured in Monday's outfit post!) to complete the Instagram Star look. With the brushes as inspiration, I set out to create a super fun mermaid-inspired look using the new collection - something that would be perfect to wear for summer!

That's the pretty mermaid makeup look, now keep on scrolling to see how to re-create it!

Highlighter & Contour:

I used the AVB Gold Digger Strobing Palette to create an Insta-worthy glow, using the golden shade on the top middle, applying along the tops of my cheekbones. The shimmery gold is so pretty and picks up the light nicely. I also used the bottom middle golden-bronze shade to do some light contouring. I love that it also came with a shimmery pink shade - I think this would be super pretty as a shimmery blush (or as a coloured highlight!).

Of course I used my mermaid brushes to blend everything in - they're vegan hair, super soft, and apply beautifully. It's been a long time since I had some new makeup brushes, so I was revelling at how smooth they applied compared to my well-loved, worn-in brushes.

Eye Makeup Look:

I was really keen to use the bright pink shadow in the AVB Sugar Daddy Eyeshadow Palette. I'm always drawn to vivid colours for makeup, and I thought this one would be perfect for my mermaid-inspired look. I kept things simple and used the hot pink shade all over the lid using the mermaid eyeshadow brush, and then applied a touch of the top left champagne shade to the corners of my eyes using the angled brush to brighten them up. I love the pairing of hot pink and turquoise (I don't know why but that's the colours I think of when I think 'mermaid'), so I finished off the eye look with my NYX Slim Eye Pencil in Teal. I just applied it along the bottom lash line, from corner to corner.

I just need to take a moment to talk about this pink eyeshadow because it is absolutely insane!!! The pigmentation is out of this world, and it has little gold flecks in it that are just gorgeous. It also stays on the lids really well, no creasing and no fading. At all. The best part of all? I barely had to apply any product to get the colour pay-off you see on my lids.

Oh and I'm awearing Teeez Cosmetics' Bulletproof Curl Mascara in Jet Black on my lashes, and Maybelline Waterproof Liquid Liner in Black for my cat-eye, in case you're wondering. I'm also wearing the Tiana Lipstick by AVB (the perfect nude lipstick!).

 For the record, I think this look is totally wearable for summer! I threw on a palm print dress and went out to dinner with this makeup, and absolutely loved the look. I think it would also be fun for a pool party too (especially if you have a giant flamingo floatie in tow, to you complete your InstaFamous look)!

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Disclaimer: AnaV Beauty provided the makeup products featured here for review. As always, opinions are my own.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer Trends 2017: Embroidery

What's better than one summer trend? Two! This Rose Applique Off-the-Shoulder Dress from SheIn checks off two off the hottest summer trends (cold shoulder and embroidery) in one! Plus it's super affordable, at $17.99. Embroidery has been a break-out trend this summer, and while I appreciate it looks really cool, until I found this dress, I had a hard time finding a piece of clothing with embroidery that I felt fit my style. Most were jeans jackets and the like - just not a good fit. But this off-the-shoulder dress is so sweet!

I don't know about you, but I don't handle hot summers all that well; I always like to have a few dresses on-hand that are very loose and flowy - perfect to wear on a day when you don't want anything sticking to you. You can even wear this one without the belt and have it super loose, but I prefer a cinched waist, so I added this braided faux leather belt. I also like to match my accessories, my belt and my shoes, like I have here.

If you're trying to figure out "but what do I wear under it???", I wore a one-piece shapewear and tucked in the thin straps to make it strapless. Because the dress is white, it's a little less forgiving, so you'll want to make sure you're wearing something nude coloured underneath, and the shapewear helps just to make sure any lines are noticeable. Plus, the one thing I hate about strapless bras is that they're always riding down: the shapewear tends to eliminate that issue.

Have you tried the embroidery trend yet?

Dress - c/o Shein |  Belt - via Value Village | Heels - JustFab (similar)

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Disclaimer: SheIn provided the dress in these photos for review. As always, opinions are my own.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Preppy Equestrian Style for the FEI Nations Cup

You know me, I will never turn down an opportunity to don my preppy attire, and a day at the FEI Nations Cup Jumping, sure is good enough for me! It was a beautiful sunny afternoon (lucky us!), and I spent the day watching Canada, the US, Ireland and Mexico compete for the ultimate $100,000 prize. Swiss watchmaker Longines is the official timekeeper and sponsor of the event which is held at the Thunderbird Show Park in Langley BC. The classic, elegant, luxury watch brand certainly fits the aesthetic of the event (and I think one of their watches would have paired quite well with my preppy outfit, if I do say so myself...).

Now, this is a fashion blog here, so of course we're going to discuss what to wear if you're ever invited to such an event. A horse jumping event like this is definitely a different vibe than a Kentucky Derby or Deighton Cup type of event: it's far more laidback, style-wise. So rather than donning a huge hat, fancy dress and heels, I instead opted for (somewhat) more casual attire. When I started to brainstorm outfits though, I'll admit I came to a roadblock. When I usually think of equestrian style, I think of fall equestrian outfits like this one. Summer is definitely a bit more difficult. So I decided to go with a more preppy look instead!

For starters, I recommend choosing low wedges if you're going to wear heels, in case you end up walking the course. Longines invited us to see the jumps up close before the event began, and it was helpful to not be teetering around in high heels on grass. With the sun out in full blast, a good hat was a must-have - nothing too huge, and definitely not a fascinator, but something with a bit of a brim. As for the rest of the outfit, I've been waiting for the perfect time to rock this striped Tristan blazer that I thrifted from Salvation Army ages ago. Serious preppy vibes, right? Pair that with a pair of classy wide leg pants and a flowy summer blouse, and you're all set to go!

Thanks Longines for hosting us, and congrats to team USA for their FEI Nations Cup win!

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Monday, June 12, 2017

West Coast Vibes

Living on the West Coast of Canada, we're lucky to have so much nature at our fingertips. From downtown Vancouver, I can see the ocean, and at the same time, am minutes away from the forest and the mountains. We're lucky to be in the centre of such an urban metropolis, and yet be able to breathe the fresh air of the great outdoors! Today, I wanted to share with you an affordable outfit that truly embodies West Coast style: combining city vibes with laid-back nature-inspired touches. 

The necklace I'm wearing was handmade in Red Deer, Alberta by BEL Jewelry Boutique and is part of their West Coast Collection. I thought the style West Coast No. 2 would be the perfect piece to base this outfit on: a selection of bronzed and silvery leaves capturing the rugged nature and beautiful views of the coastline. I love the details on each leaf, and the long chain can be adjusted to wear short or long. Even better that it's Canadian-made!

As for the rest of the outfit, I wanted to stick to earthy tones, brown, green and beige. Vancouver and the West Coast in general is known for its laidback style, so comfy tees and loose drawstring pants made perfect sense (I'm going to ignore the fact that our city is also know for its insane love of yogawear). Add some metropolitan details like lazer-cut design heels, modern sunglasses, and a print bag to give the otherwise nature-inspired look a more 'concrete jungle' feel.

So, whether you actually live on the West Coast, or just want to dress like you do, I hope this give you some laid-back summer outfit inspiration!

Shirt - Below the Belt at Coquitlam Centre | Necklace - c/o BEL Jewelry Boutique | Pants - thrifted via Wildlife Thrift Store | Heels - JustFab (similar) | Purse - Roberto Cavalli Parfum (here, here)

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Disclaimer: BEL Jewelry Boutique provided the necklace featured in this post. As always, opinions are my own (and I love supporting Canadian brands!).

Friday, June 9, 2017

Festival Makeup: Bold Blue & Orange

Music festivals are all about enjoying good music, in good company...while wearing some seriously awesome outfits and rocking some equally awesome makeup! I must admit, I like bold makeup, and I've been known to wear it in public more often than most, but I realize not everyone feels comfortable with doing that. But a music festival definitely feels like the right time to let your inhibitions go and try those crazy makeup looks you're normally too shy to try at home! Why not?

So here's my festival makeup look, created with some fabulous products from Teeez Cosmetics - an amazing brand that I have fallen in love with in the past number of months. And as it turns out, they have some incredible high-pigment products that are exactly what I was hoping for to create this look. You know I'm a cat-eye kind of girl, so I didn't stray entirely from that, but decided to take it a step further and extend the eyeliner into the inner corner of my eyes, and down around the lower lash line. Definitely more dramatic than my usual look. And while I usually stick to the rule of only one bold product on my face (a choice between eyes or lips), for a festival look I figured what the hell, let's go all-out-bold with my pout too! Lots more details on the products I used below, so keep on reading...

I love a good lip duo. The option to be able to switch between matte and glossy is always welcomed. Usually I'm more of a matte lipstick girl, but on occasion it's nice to have the option to switch it up! The colour pay-off on this Sealed With a Kiss LipDuo in Vintage Orange, for both the lipstick and lip lacquer, is fantastic. If you read my beauty post from 2 weeks ago, you know that I love orange lipsticks for summer beauty, and the colour and vibrancy of this one makes it a new favourite. In the photos above, I'm only wearing the lipstick end, but the lip lacquer adds a nice shine should you choose to apply it over top. Not sure you can rock this shade any day? Festival season sure is the right time to rock it!

You know when you try on some makeup product on for the first time, and you're actually floored by how fantastic it is? This is one of those products. Teeez' claim of intense colour pay-off is not kidding around, this stuff is insane! The liquid eyeliner applies beautifully smooth, and the Electric Aqua hue is so bold and stunning. I think the final look photos above really say it all. This stuff stays on like no other either - using my micellar solution, it definitely took some work to get off, which while some might be concerned, I see it as a sign that this liner won't smudge or come off all day/night! Exactly what you want with back-to-back festival shows.

Festival season is a great time to play around with your makeup application and try something new. While you know I usually go with a liquid liner cat-eye, I thought I'd have a little more fun with this and extend the cat-eye to my inner corner and below the eye. It's definitely a bold look, but for festival season, why not?

This restorative formula was made to give you fuller and stronger lashes. Who doesn't want that? It's a bit too early to say if I have stronger lashes, but the brush and the formula definitely deliver fuller lashes! I'm not usually a bit fan of thin, short spiny bristle-brushes - I usually go for the bushier brushes - but I must say I'm impressed with how this one performs. It's especially good for keeping out the clumps.

If you're looking for a mascara that will last during festival season, this formula is particularly well-suited. It's made to protect your lashes against high humidity, and is water resistant. Good for long days in the sweltering sun!

Heading to a festival this summer? You can find all these festival-ready goodies exclusively at The Bay or!

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Disclaimer: Teeez Cosmetics provided me with the products in this post for testing. As always, opinions are entirely my own.

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